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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 99, Issue 3, pp 375–390 | Cite as

Quality of College Life (QCL) of Students: Further Validation of a Measure of Well-being

  • M. Joseph SirgyEmail author
  • Dong-Jin Lee
  • Stephan Grzeskowiak
  • Grace B. Yu
  • Dave Webb
  • Karma El-Hasan
  • Jose Jesus Garcia Vega
  • Ahmet Ekici
  • J. S. Johar
  • Anjala Krishen
  • Ayca Kangal
  • Bernhard Swoboda
  • C. B. Claiborne
  • Filomena Maggino
  • Don Rahtz
  • Alicia Canton
  • Ayse Kuruuzum
Article

Abstract

This paper reports a study designed to further validate a measure of quality of college life (QCL) of university students (Sirgy, Grzeskowiak, Rahtz, Soc Indic Res 80(2), 343–360, 2007). Two studies were conducted: a replication study and an extension study. The replication study involved surveys of 10 different college campuses in different countries. The results of the replication study provided additional nomological (predictive) validation support of the measure based on a theoretical model mapping out the antecedents and consequences of satisfaction with college life. With respect to the extension study, the focus was to further test the nomological validity of the QCL measure by arguing and empirically demonstrating that the consequence of QCL is life satisfaction. The extension study involved a survey of three college campuses in different countries. The results were also supportive of the nomological validity of the QCL measure.

Keywords

Quality of college life Life quality in college University quality of life Quality of life on a university campus Life satisfaction Satisfaction with college life Satisfaction with the academic aspects of college life Satisfaction with the social aspects of college life Satisfaction with college facilities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Joseph Sirgy
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dong-Jin Lee
    • 2
  • Stephan Grzeskowiak
    • 3
  • Grace B. Yu
    • 2
  • Dave Webb
    • 4
  • Karma El-Hasan
    • 5
  • Jose Jesus Garcia Vega
    • 6
  • Ahmet Ekici
    • 7
  • J. S. Johar
    • 8
  • Anjala Krishen
    • 9
  • Ayca Kangal
    • 10
  • Bernhard Swoboda
    • 11
  • C. B. Claiborne
    • 12
  • Filomena Maggino
    • 13
  • Don Rahtz
    • 14
  • Alicia Canton
    • 6
  • Ayse Kuruuzum
    • 15
  1. 1.Department of Marketing, Pamplin College of BusinessVirginia Polytechnic Institute & State UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.School of BusinessYonsei UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.Rouen Business SchoolRouenFrance
  4. 4.University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia
  5. 5.American University of BeirutBeirutLebanon
  6. 6.University of MontereyMontereyMexico
  7. 7.Bilkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  8. 8.Department of MarketingCalifornia State University-San BernardinoSan BernardinoUSA
  9. 9.College of BusinessUniversity of Nevada-Las VegasLas VegasUSA
  10. 10.Department of MarketingAkdeniz UniversityAntalyaTurkey
  11. 11.University of TrierTrierGermany
  12. 12.Texas Southern UniversityHoustonUSA
  13. 13.University of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  14. 14.School of Business AdministrationThe College of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA
  15. 15.Department of Business AdministrationAkdeniz UniversityAntalyaTurkey

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